An inaugural community conversation will take place at the Martin Grade School Activity Center on Saturday, February 22, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., with lunch served at 12:00. The theme of the event is “Our children today, grandchildren tomorrow: Elevating thoughtful and positive conversation on restoring healing and resiliency.”
The main focus will be communication and new ways to secure a safe and nurturing future for children in our community. Area and local community members and leaders, school staff and administration, public safety officials, and professionals in the health field are encouraged to attend. Contact: Oglala Lakota Childrens Justice Center at 605-867-5643, Arlana Bettelyoun at 605-899-2827 or Larry Swalley at 605-899-9084.
Next, the social dance is being planned that evening beginning with a community feed at 5:00 p.m., and the dance to follow.
“The Social Dance continues to be a fun, positive event, with wellness and learning that comes along with this,” according to Arlana Bettelyoun, one of the organizers. Youth are encouraged to participate and come and learn. Couples who have been together for along while are encouraged to attend and share their secrets of longevity. Everyone is invited to come to participate or to watch!
The Pajola Otonwanhe Cante Skuye (sweetheart) Social Dance, although will be held beyond Valentine’s day, will feature specials around sweethearts and romance along with food, dance and an honoring.
There will be the specials of cake round dances, hat and boot, men’s fancy shawl, rabbit dance, hand drum and elders street dance. The meal will feature a kiddy line for the children. Contact Arlana Bettelyoun at 605-899-2827, Cora Whiting 605-407-1130, or Karen Bush at 605-685-1298 for more information.